I Sew For Fun Blog Tour

Friday, February 09, 2018

When Deanna Springer, VP of Marketing at Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC. and long time friend of mine, contacted me about participating in their upcoming Blog Tour to promote Nancy Zieman's new book, I Sew For Fun, and coordinating line of kid-friendly sewing notions for Clover, I had a full range of emotions. I felt honored to be asked, excited to participate, and nostalgic about the thought of Nancy not being here with us to witness this momentous occasion. Nancy passed away last November after a long battle with cancer, but her memory will live forever in the hearts of her family, friends, and the hundreds and thousands of people she touched with her unending creativity and unmatched kindness. I was lucky enough to be able to film a couple of episodes of Sewing With Nancy back in 2014, and it is an experience I will never forget.

One of Nancy's last projects, and I'm sure one of her most favorite ones, was writing this book, I Sew For Fun, which is dedicated to her granddaughters and focuses on adults and children sewing together. The book includes 20 DIY projects, ranging from small quilts, to garments, to bags. She takes you step-by-step on how to create each projects and which one of her I Sew For Fun sewing notions to use. 

After much deliberation, Sydney chose to make the Drawstring Bag, which is project #13, because she always needs new bags to carry her dance shoes and accessories. She quickly ran to the studio to choose fabrics and trims for this project.

She chose a Teal Dot from an older collection of mine, Textured Basics (no longer in print) and paired it up with the Gray Scalloped Dot from Flit & Bloom, my newest fabric collection for Riley Blake. We used 3/16" cording instead of ribbon for the drawstring.

Since Sydney has been sewing for a couple of years now and knows her way around a sewing machine, I let her take the lead on this project. 

She loved using all her new sewing notions, with fun colors and shapes, but said she found this Seam Gauge especially helpful in helping her keep a straight line when stitching and topstitching, which is something she often struggles with.

Sydney thought pinning the outer pocket on her drawstring bag was extra fun with her new heart-shaped pins, which come with their own heart-shaped magnetic holder.

Just check out how pretty these I Sew For Fun sewing notions are!

This new book and kid-friendly sewing notions certainly take sewing to a whole new level for kids! I know Sydney will want to go through the whole book and make a few more projects with her friends!

Hope you'll check out the I Sew For Fun book and coordinating notions for your child! And don't forget to follow along with the full blog tour dates here.

Monday, February 5
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC
The Sewing Loft
The Cottage Mama

Tuesday, February 6
Fabric Mutt
Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, February 7
Amy’s Creative Side

Thursday, February 8
Simple Simon and Company
Designer Joi

Friday, February 9
Stitch This! The Martingale Blog

Saturday, February 10
Transient Art
Sew Positively Sara
Lindsay Sews


  1. Oh my gosh Patty! Sydney has gotten so big since I saw her last. She looks very happy with her creation. She did a great job. I am hoping to soon work with my granddaughter who turns 6 yrs old in 2 days. They live close to our house so finding time from their schedule will be my only problem. I am sure there will be plenty of times she can be over here to learn since it give Mom/Dad a break.

    1. Hi Vicki!! Yes, she sure has grown a lot in the past couple of years. I hope you get a chance to sew with your granddaughter soon. That will be a memory she will cherish forever. :)

  2. What a beautiful girl. I know you are proud of her and her skills. I look forward to have the seam guide...not only for my girls for me too!! ;>)

    1. Thank you! And yes, I am loving having that seam guide around for myself as well. haha

  3. Very neat notions! So cute! Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  4. Sydney looks like she had lots of fun making the bag. All the special tools are great!

  5. What a great job she did on that bag. I enjoy teaching my children to sew and seeing the pride in their faces when they complete a project.

  6. Looks like Sidney has a wonderful time sewing this bag! Love the color combo she chose. This book and notions eill make a fabulous theme for a sewing party for twins! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Her bag looks great!!! I can't wait to teach my daughter to sew!


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